Wednesday, November 30, 2011
4:00 – 5:30 pm
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Register by Wednesday, November 23
Technology proposes itself an architect of
our intimacies. And these days, technology offers
us substitutes for direct face-to-face connection
with people in a world of machine-mediated relationships
on networked devices. As we instant message,
e-mail, text, and Twitter, technology redraws
the boundaries between intimacy and solitude.
We talk of getting “rid” of our e-mails, as
though these notes were so much excess baggage.
Teenagers as well as adults avoid the telephone,
fearful that it reveals too much. Besides, it
takes too long; across the generations, we would
rather text than talk.
Tethered to technology, we are shaken when that
world unplugged does not signify, does not satisfy.
Yet after an evening of avatar-to-avatar talk
in a networked game, we may feel at one moment,
in possession of a full social life, and in
the next, curiously isolated, in tenuous complicity
The world of our connections comes with so many
bounties. But we begin to see that some things
are amiss: sometimes we are too busy communicating
to think, too busy communicating to create,
and paradoxically, too busy communicating to
connect with the people who matter.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Sherry Turkle is a professor, author, consultant,
researcher, and licensed clinical psychologist
who has spent the last 30 years researching
the psychology of people's relationships with
technology. She has been studying our changing
relationships with digital culture, charting
how mobile technology, social networking, and
sociable robotics are changing our work, families,
and identity. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé
Professor of the Social Studies of Science and
Technology in the Program in Science, Technology,
and Society at MIT. Her many books include a
trilogy on digital technology and human relationships:
"The Second Self: Computers and the Human
Spirit," "Life on the Screen: Identity
in the Age of the Internet," and most recently,
"Alone Together: Why We Expect More From
Technology and Less From Each Other." Her
investigations show that technology doesn't
just catalyze changes in what we do -- it affects
how we think.
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